• The book New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide is very short, but it contains a nice introduction to Textual Criticism. The last chapter in the book gives some specific examples of textual criticism, with a few pages devoted to John 3:23. New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide is a good introduction for someone casually interested in learning what Textual Criticism is. For people who want more than surface knowledge, I’d recommend: Wegner, Paul D. A Student’s Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible: Its History, Methods and Results. Another good book is: Wilkins, Don and Edward D. Andrews. The Text of the New Testament: The Science and Art of Textual Criticism. For people serious about learning textual criticism, try: Metzger, Bruce M. The Text of the Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration. I’d also recommend Hixson, Elijah and Gurry, Peter J. Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism.
    1. When Skeptics Ask gives good, solid answers to serious questions about Christianity. The questions addressed are ones that are appropriate for any culture and any time; they’re not the latest meme on social media that can be answered quickly. Be prepared to spend time thinking about the answers. I really wanted to give this book 5 stars, but I decided on four because it didn’t hold my attention.
      1. I’ll preface this review of Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism by stating I have no training in textual criticism, or even Greek. I write a blog about the Bible and I’m trying to learn a bit about textual criticism (and Biblical manuscripts in general) for a series of articles I’m working on. This is the eighth book I’ve read on textual criticism in the past six months. The book deserves 5 stars because it is very informative. I will state it didn’t hold my attention, but I suspect that has more to do with an overload of textual criticism studying on my part, rather than the quality of the writing. None of the myths presented were surprising to me, and quite a few of them I was at least vaguely aware of. The opinions presented seemed to be more consistent with other books I’ve read which were published recently. Where it conflicted with what I’d read previously, I believe it was with older books. I’m not surprised these areas are called myths, as some of the conflicting ideas have likely been taught for decades. I can recommend reading this book, but it’s not for everyone. I would not recommend it for someone who just wants some introductory knowledge in textual criticism (Wegner, Paul D. A Student’s Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible: Its History, Methods and Results and Black, David Alan. New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide are good introductions). This book assumes the reader knows why TC is done, and how it’s done, so it’s for a more advanced audience who want to improve their understanding and skills.
        1. I was impressed with the amount of information in here, and the writing was well done and easy to follow. Although I've read a few other books on Textual Criticism (Metzger: The Text of the New Testament... and a few others), I was able to pick up a lot of information which other books didn't present (at least not this clearly). This is a bit long for a beginner, but each section has an extensive list of resources for additional reading.
          1. I was disappointed with Exploring Biblical Manuscripts. I was looking for some in-depth information about manuscripts, but this was very basic. There are links to additional resources, but I would have preferred the information be included in this product. These could be used as starting points in a class.